The atmosphere on campus is always buzzing. Portugal Street, the central street on the LSE campus, is always jam-packed with students. Every day, various clubs in the student center set up tents in order to promote events or recruit new members. At any given time, you could see the hip-hop club putting on a dance performance or the crew team using the rowing machines to raise money for Libyan refugees. Portugal Street is the mainframe of the LSE campus, and whatever the club or whatever the day, something interesting is going on there. Walking through, whether going to class or to the library, it is hard not to feel as though you are at the very center of the intellectual and cultural world.
It almost goes without saying that the atmosphere of London is fantastic, and the LSE is positioned perfectly to get a great feel for that atmosphere. The campus is located in the law district of London, a quick two-minute walk from the Royal Courts of Justice—which means it would not be out of the ordinary to see a wigged judge passing you on the street. If you are willing to walk a little farther, say 10 minutes away, the best of London is truly available. No more than 10 minutes away from campus is Covent Garden with all of its shops; Soho with all of its pubs; Trafalgar Square with the British Museum; Southwark with the Tate Modern, the National Theatre, and the Globe; and the bank of the Thames River with its amazing views of the London Eye, Big Ben, Parliament, and London Bridge. After its stellar academic reputation, the best thing the LSE has to offer is its location.